Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Authoritative Parenting

  • Jessica L. ChouEmail author
  • Shannon Cooper-Sadlo
  • Agnes Jos
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_587


Family relationships are some of the most rewarding and complex relationships a person can experience and for many, are influential over the course of a lifetime. More specifically, parent-child relationships can determine various aspects of family functioning. Different parenting styles can promote or hinder child development. Authoritative parenting style has been deemed the ideal parenting style that offers healthy child adjustment (Minaie et al. 2015).

Theoretical Context for Concept

Diana Baumrind (1971) developed one of the most widely used theories of parenting typology. Through her extensive work of observing children from elementary school through adolescents, Baumrind created three parenting styles: authoritarian, authoritative, and permissive (Pellerin 2005). Maccoby and Martin then expanded Baumrind’s theory and provided further detail of different parenting styles (Wang and Fletcher 2016).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jessica L. Chou
    • 1
    Email author
  • Shannon Cooper-Sadlo
    • 2
  • Agnes Jos
    • 3
  1. 1.Queen of Peace CenterSt. LouisUSA
  2. 2.School of Social WorkSaint Louis UniversitySt. LouisUSA
  3. 3.Community Treatment, Inc. (COMTREA), Comprehensive Health CenterSt. LouisUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Rachel Diamond
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Saint JosephWest HarfordUSA